SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2016, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (10): 1505-1513.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2016.10.007

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Spatial Structure Integration of Rural Settlements in Karst Mountains Based on Settlement′s Evolution:A Case of Houzhaihe Area

Li Yangbing1(), Li Xiaoran2, Zhang Heng1, Qiu Conghao1, Luo Guangjie3, Bai Xiaoyong4   

  1. 1.School of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Guizhou Normal University, Guiyang 550001, Guizhou, China
    2. College of Geography and Tourism, Chongqing Normal University, Chongqing 400047, China
    3. School of Geography and Tourism, Guizhou Normal College, Guiyang 550018, Guizhou, China
    4. State Key Laboratory of Environmental Geochemistry, Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guiyang 550002, Guizhou, China
  • Received:2015-12-25 Revised:2016-03-29 Online:2016-10-20 Published:2020-09-07
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(41261045), MOE Layout Foundation of Humanities and Social Sciences (10XJAZH002), Key Technology Research and Development Program of Guizhou Province(﹝2012﹞6015)


Investigating the reconstruction and integration method of the karst mountain settlement spatial structure has important practical significance, as it promotes the trend of intensification development of rural residential land and the construction of new socialist countryside. The Houzhaihe area which is a typical karst mountain located in the Puding County of the Guizhou Plateau was selected as study area in this study. Having adopted high resolution remote sensing images and field investigation data, this article probed into the population change in karst mountain settlements in 1963-2010. The rural settlements development suitability evaluation method and settlement control type were developed based on the settlement scale development and the population density spatial distribution of the study area. Large settlement and larger settlement were mainly distributed in both sides of the east and west of the central peak-cluster depression area which with better land conditions and traffic conditions in the study area. The high value center of population density is of the corresponding level tend to be large settlements which are apart from each other. The settlements in the study area can be divided into 5 classes, namely, key villages and towns, prior development, conditional priority to expand, restricted extension type and abandoning type. The results in this study may serve as cases of the karst mountain settlement space reconstruction and integration.

Key words: land use, karst mountain, settlement system, space reconstruction, Houzhaihe area

CLC Number: 

  • F301.23